Intro to Tailored Pockets

While garments with pockets are pretty much the realm of fantasy in women’s garments (unless you make your own), in the 1920’s they were so standard, that all of Chapter 3 is dedicated to the various types of pockets.

Specifically, Chapter 3 is going to show us how to make a stand pocket, flap pocket, welt or slit pocket, patch pocket, and bound pocket and all the variations of each of those. Judging from the table of contents, the patch pocket has a surprising number of variations compared to the others.

The introduction talks about pocket placement. Not just for side seams, pockets can go on jacket bust or skirt front and back. Mary Brooks Pickens talks about how pocket placement is generally determined by the style of the time, which leads me to be so very glad I live in the 21st century, when ALL styles are in fashion.

The introduction talks about balance…sort of. It mentions that generally a jacket breast pocket will be on the left breast, but if there are two pockets, one on each breast, then generally the pockets are smaller than they would be if there is just one on the left. And I started to really THINK about that statement and realized this convention holds true even 100 years later. In the video, the shirt I am wearing has one pocket—on the left breast. Not sure if this truism was created in the 1920’s, but it seems to have more staying power than when it’s ok to wear white.

So there is the introduction. Next week, we’ll jump in to Stand Pockets, what they are and how to make them.